How to Groom A Serengeti Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Serengeti Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Oriental

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Serengeti cat has a short, smooth coat that is dense and soft to the touch. Its fur is usually a golden brown color with black spots, giving it a wild and exotic appearance.

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Serengeti cats are a relatively new breed, first-bred in the United States in the 1990s. They are known for their striking resemblance to wild African servals, with their long legs, large ears, and spotted coats.

Serengeti cats are also highly active and playful, making them a great choice for families with children or other pets. They are intelligent and curious and require plenty of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy.

Serengeti cats have short, easy-to-maintain coats that require minimal grooming, making them a low-maintenance choice for cat owners.

Serengeti Cat Grooming Tools (Essentials)

Before we begin the grooming process, we need to have the following tools

Grooming ToolDescription
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling

Grooming Your Serengeti Cat 101

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Serengeti once a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Use a deshedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.

Bathing your Serengeti Cat

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The Serengeti cat breed has a short, dense coat that doesn’t require frequent bathing. However, if your Serengeti gets into something particularly dirty or smelly, you can give them a bath using a gentle cat shampoo.

  1. Start by brushing their coat to remove any loose fur or tangles. 
  2. Fill a tub with warm water and place your cat gently inside it. Wet their coat thoroughly, being careful not to get water in their ears or eyes.
  3. Apply the shampoo and lather it into their coat, then rinse thoroughly.
  4. Use a towel to gently dry your Serengeti and keep them warm until they’re completely dry.

Remember, only bathe your Serengeti when necessary to avoid drying out their skin.

How Often Should I Bathe My Serengeti Cat?

You should bathe your Serengeti cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s health and cleanliness.

How to Trim the Nails of a Serengeti Cat

  • Tools you’ll need: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your Serengeti cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly, and use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, avoiding the quick (the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat the process for each nail, making sure to trim the dewclaws (if your cat has them).
  • Reward your Serengeti cat with treats and praise after each successful nail trim.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping

Serengeti cats are active and playful, which means their nails can grow quickly. It’s recommended to trim their nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from becoming too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

How to Clean the Ears of a Serengeti Cat

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Serengeti cat securely and gently lift one ear flap.
  • Squeeze a few drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the dropper too far into the ear.
  • Massage the base of the ear for about 30 seconds to help the solution work its way into the ear canal.
  • Let your cat shake their head to help loosen any debris or wax.
  • Use a cotton ball or pad to gently wipe away any visible debris or excess solution from the ear flap and surrounding area.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Watch out for any signs of discomfort or pain, such as your cat pulling away or vocalizing. If you notice any of these signs, stop immediately and consult with your veterinarian.
  • Avoid using cotton swabs or inserting anything into the ear canal, as this can cause injury or irritation.

Remember, regular ear cleaning is important for maintaining your Serengeti cat’s overall health and preventing ear infections. Aim to clean their ears once a month or as recommended by your veterinarian.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Serengeti Cat Breed

  1. Start by getting your Serengeti cat used to having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  2. Once your cat is comfortable with having their mouth touched, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for cats.
  3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Hold your cat’s head gently but firmly and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth as these are the areas most prone to plaque buildup.
  5. Be patient and gentle. If your cat becomes agitated or stressed, take a break and try again later.

Recommended Frequency

Brush your Serengeti cat‘s teeth at least once a week to maintain good oral hygiene. However, if your cat is prone to dental issues, your veterinarian may recommend more frequent brushing.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

We’re pretty much done with the grooming process. However, we still need to talk about some potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

  • Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your cat’s fur.
  • Vacuum your home frequently to remove any fleas or ticks that may be hiding in carpets or furniture.
  • Use a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian to keep your cat protected.

Matted Fur

Serengeti cats have a short, dense coat that rarely mats. However, if mats do occur, use a slicker brush to gently remove them. If the mats are too tight, use scissors to carefully cut them out, being careful not to cut the cat’s skin.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Serengeti cats have short, dense fur that requires minimal grooming. However, they may be prone to skin irritation due to their sensitive skin. To prevent this, use a gentle shampoo and avoid over-bathing. Regular brushing can also help distribute natural oils and prevent matting.

How Often Should I Brush My Serengeti Cat?

You should brush your Serengeti cat at least once a week to keep their short, dense coat healthy and shiny. However, during shedding season, you may need to brush them more frequently to prevent hairballs and matting.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Serengeti Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Serengeti cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin and coat. It can strip away natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for your cat’s skin.